I am a retired Building and Environmental Consultant and live in Halifax, Yorkshire, England. I was born in a village in the East Riding of Yorkshire and had 3 older brothers in WW2, one a Sgt Pilot of a Hurricane was killed in the Battle of Britain, another taken POW in Greece and spent the rest of the war in Germany. So I am particularly interested in those who served in wars.
I am a member of The Crimean War Research Society and will add names to my Virtual section.
I worked in Ireland, Kenya, Uganda [ married there ] and Rhodesia [ now Zimbabwe ] and visited for work, Sudan and Baghdad [ New Airport ]
I have been involved in Scouting, Britain & Yorkshire/Cumbria in Bloom and Keep Britain Tidy.
Have travelled to Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, South Africa, Nambia and a good few times to the USA
Walter Brooks I was fascinated to discover through this site that my gt grandfather's brother Walter was almost certainly among those killed in the famous Charge of the Light Brigade. Walter was one of 13 children of Benjamin & Hannah Brooks, who married at Quorndon, Leicestershire in 1815 and later moved to the Uttoxeter area, where Benjamin was for some time a gamekeeper at Loxley, a hamlet in the parish of Uttoxeter. Walter's date of birth is uncertain as his parents had a habit of baptizing their children in 'batches' and Walter was one of 3 children baptized at Bramshall (a neighbouring parish whose church was nearer to Loxley than the parish church at Uttoxeter). By 1841, Benjamin had become a publican at Abbots Bromley, and Walter is recorded as age 15, a servant with a local farmer - so probably born c. 1825/6. I have been unable to trace him in 1851 - maybe he was already serving with the cavalry?
I found the newspaper reports of the time, listing Walter Brooks of the 17th Lancers among the casualties at Balaclava, but these give no indication of his origins. So I am wondering how you know that he was born at Uttoxeter - maybe from the Muster Books at the National Archives? If so, do you have any other information about his army career? Or any tips to help me research Walter’s army career. I now live in France, but could possibly fit in a visit to Kew to follow this up next time I'm in England.
I tried to contact you via the email address given on this site, but seems it seems not to work.
Sydney Carlin Sir, we would like to place a page to this fantastic chap and wonder if we could use your information and photograph posted - full credits placed to you of course. Also, very interested in placing pages to your brothers as well if you so wish - we would be proud to do so.
Mary Jane Howlett I am seeking a photo of the grave of Mary Jane Howlett (1855-1930/35). I have a pic of her new grave site which suggests she is in Section 262/263. However using triangulation off the Chapel, it indicates she is further north. Can you help please? I can send you further pics which would help. I am at << firstname.lastname@example.org >> Sincerely, Garry Cooper.
Thank You for # 13059465 Thank You so kindly for such a nice job on memorial# 13059465 (Sgt Thomas Brian Kirk). I am researching our family genealogy and as of this moment I am not even sure if this Sgt Kirk is a blood line relative to my father's sister-in-law, (Mary Kirk born in Basford, Nottinghamshire, England 1919-2013) but either way, I just had to stop in my tracks and take this moment to send you my note of appreciation for what you are doing to commemorate these souls that served for our freedom. I too have a grand amount of admiration for our service folks and needed to be sure you were told what a beautiful job you did. I am sure his family members were honored by your posting his bio, his photo and his interment site. If ever I can assist you from this side of the big pond (I reside in Rochester, Michigan, USA) please do not hesitate to email me. email@example.com though I only review my emails about 1x/week now that I am retired, fyi. Blessings to you & yours! Darlene My FindAGrave member name is: Madre (#47573663)
Pvt Arthur Waller - Bayeux cemetery Dear Mark I believe you requested a photo of this headstone last year. I visited Bayeux last September and duly took the photo but unfortunately unforeseen circumstances on my return have prevented me from adding them to Find a Grave until now. I see a photo has been taken for you but I hope you don't mind that I have added mine. It seems a shame for you not to have a copy. Kind regards Carol (Woose)
58963303 Hi Mark, thank you for commemorating this trooper, who I believe is a possible ancestor of mine.
My research so far shows the family at that time coming up to Worcestershire from Gloucestershire, then on to Liverpool. I believe that George was a baker by trade, and moved to London before joining the 11th Hussars.
However, the name here on memorial 58963303 is actually written as WOOTTON, not WOOTTEN the latter being the correct and quite distinctive spelling that has encouraged my research.
The "O" misspelling thing is something we "E"s have had to get used to, although my wife still finds it a challenge to spell our surname every time when booking hotels etc!